New Climate Change Science Degree

At Lyndon, we want YOU to be part of the solution.

Lyndon State students at the People's Climate March

Learn the science, make a difference

Climate change presents humankind with a monumental challenge.  We are changing the composition of Earth’s atmosphere and a major climate shift is already underway.  Global temperatures are steadily climbing, extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, glaciers are melting at an unprecedented rate, and sea levels are rising.  These impacts are expected to escalate.  At Lyndon, we believe there is a critical need for trained professionals to confront these challenges.  We want you to be part of the climate change solution.  The new Climate Change Science B.S. degree is designed to empower students with the training and skills necessary to make a difference.

As climate change progresses, the need for expertise is expected to grow.  The skills gained through completion of the Climate Change Science B.S. degree are applicable in a wide variety of career settings, such as:

  • renewable energy
  • climate change adaptation
  • public outreach and communication
  • policy
  • climate risk management
  • urban and natural resource planning
There is unequivocal evidence that Earth’s lower atmosphere, ocean, and land surface are warming; sea level is rising; and snow cover, mountain glaciers, and Arctic sea ice are shrinking. The dominant cause of the warming since the 1950s is human activities. … Technological, economic, and policy choices in the near future will determine the extent of future impacts of climate change.

Climate Change Science Courses

Every Climate Change Science student will take a variety of general science courses along with meteorology and climatology courses. This interdisciplinary approach allows students to learn about natural and human-caused climate changes through various scientific lenses. Climate Change Science students will learn about the causes of climate change and develop an understanding of the current state of the science and its applications. Throughout their course of study, they will use technology to work with large amounts of climate data. Students will establish and improve effective communication skills to help bridge the gap between scientists and non-scientists. Students then tailor the program to their interests by selecting from interdisciplinary electives.

Climate Change Science Degree Pathway
NOTE: This is a suggested pathway only, and will likely vary depending on student preparation. Each student must also take courses to fulfill all LSC degree requirements including at least 40 General Education foundation and elective credits.

Climate Change Science Degree Program

Core courses (50 credits)

ATM 1060 – New Student Seminar in ATM Credits: 1
ATM 1211 – Survey of Meteorology I Credits: 2
ATM 1212 – Survey of Meteorology II Credits: 3
ATM 2061 – Survey of Climate and Statistics I Credits: 2
ATM 2062 – Survey of Climate and Statistics II Credits: 3
ATM 2210 – Geophysical and Human Interactions Credits: 3
ATM 4030 – Physical Climatology Credits: 3
BIO 1211 ‒ Introduction to Biology Credits: 4
CHE 1031 ‒ General Chemistry I Credits: 4
ENV 1080 ‒ Introduction to Environmental Science Credits: 4
ENV 2060 – Energy, Environment, and Society Credits: 4
GEY 1111 ‒ Introduction to Geology I Credits: 4
MAT 1410 – Pre-Calculus Credits: 5
PHY 2031 ‒ Fundamental Physics I Credits: 4
SCI 4900 – Research in Science Credits: 4

Choose one of the following communications courses (3 credits):

BUS 2080 – Organizational Behavior and Communication in Business Credits: 3
EJA 1221 ‒ Person to Person Credits: 3
ENG 1280 ‒ Fundamentals of Public Speaking Credits: 3
ENG 2085 ‒ Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing Credits: 3
ENG 3010 ‒ Advanced Composition and Rhetoric Credits: 3
MRM 1080 ‒ Leadership and Small Group Dynamics Credits: 3
MRM 3110 ‒ Public Relations Credits: 3

Choose four of the following courses, with at least three courses at the 3000- or 4000-level (12 – 16 credits):

ANT 3050 ‒ Culture, Ecology, and Health Credits: 3
ANT 3070 ‒ Ecotourism Credits: 3
ATM 2020 ‒ Atmospheric Thermodynamics Credits: 3
ATM 3170 – Weather Risk Assessment Credits: 3
ATM 3050 – GIS Apps in Atmospheric Sciences Credits: 3
BIO 4xxx ‒ Environmental Challenges and Ecological Solutions Credits: 4
(note: only 4 credits may count toward program requirements)
BIO 3280 ‒ Intro to Env toxicology Credits: 4
BIO 4040 ‒ Ecology Credits: 4
BUS 3240 – Global business Credits: 3
CHE 2020 – Intro to Environmental Chemistry Credits: 4
CHE 3050 – Environmental Chemistry Credits: 4
CRJ 2220 – Environmental Justice Credits: 3
ECO 2060 – Survey of Economics Credits: 4
ENG 3080 ‒ Strategic Media Communications Credits: 3
GEY 3110 ‒ Hydrogeology Credits: 4
GEY 4840 ‒ Geologic Evolution: Grand Canyon to Mt. Whitney - Intensive
Credits: 4
PHI 2050 ‒ Nature, Science, and Technology Credits: 3
PHY 2025 – Physics for the Environment Credits: 4
PHY 2032 ‒ Fundamental Physics II Credits: 4

Climate Change Science Faculty

During their time at Lyndon, CCS students will work closely with faculty in two departments: Natural Science and Atmospheric Sciences. Faculty in both departments teach a variety of courses that incorporate climate change concepts. Faculty in both departments are involved in externally funded climate change research.

Climate Change Science career opportunities in this field are expected to grow.
This research is highly relevant to existing government and business initiatives including climate policy, energy development, environmental impacts, natural resource planning, and climate change adaptation/mitigation.

Humanity is the major influence on the global climate change observed over the past 50 years. Rapid societal responses can significantly lessen negative outcomes. … Improvements will come from pursuing the research needed to understand climate change, working with stakeholders to identify relevant information, and conveying understanding clearly and accurately, both to decision makers and to the general public.

Looking for additional info? Contact us!

Dr. Janel HanrahanAdmissions
janel.hanrahan@lyndonstate.eduAdmissions@lyndonstate.edu
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